curse word

noun

Definition of curse word

: a profane or obscene oath or word : curse, swear word Eisenhower could swear as eloquently as most sergeants, but he went easy on the curse words in mixed company.— Stephen E. Ambrose

Examples of curse word in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After all, what is going on across the globe is cause for a curse word here or there. Danielle Campoamor, Woman's Day, "Erin Brockovich Still Believes in the Power of the People," 26 Aug. 2020 Some crossed out Trump’s name, others drew male genitals or wrote various curse words. Los Angeles Times, "‘Black Lives Matter’ has been spray-painted on Trump’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star," 8 June 2020 Now that mood is being shouted, politely, in your face—curse words relegated to acronyms, but there nonetheless. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "I Risked My Life During a Pandemic and All I Got Was This T-shirt," 27 Apr. 2020 In fact, the album’s lyrics contained no curse words from either West or his collaborators (Ty Dolla Sign, Pusha T, No Malice) and instead focused almost exclusively on religious salvation. Joe Coscarelli, New York Times, "Kanye West Teases ‘Jesus Is King,’ a New Album With No Cursing," 30 Sep. 2019 There’s also a great mix of vocabulary (and curse words), gripping story lines and gorgeous views of Rome and the seaside community of Ostia, where shady characters fight over the valuable land that can be turned into a casino. Roslyn Sulcas, New York Times, "What to Watch on Netflix to Help Language Learning," 11 May 2020 In 2015 a historian at Keele University in the U.K. found the curse word in an English court document that dates back to 1310. Fox News, "One of the earliest known uses of the F-word found in manuscript from 16th-century plague lockdown," 11 Apr. 2020 His answers, in part, were: Q. What is your favorite curse word? Jo Craven Mcginty, New York Times, "James Lipton, ‘Inside the Actors Studio’ Host, Dies at 93," 2 Mar. 2020 Due to a technical error, Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name recently turned up as a curse word when Facebook posts were translated from Burmese to English. Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY, "Translate this: How real-time translation breaks down barriers when you don't speak the language," 5 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of curse word

1870, in the meaning defined above

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“Curse word.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curse%20word. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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